My husband shared a video by John Krasinski from the Office where he premiered Some Good News (SGN). I was in the middle of hectic work schedule and did not take time to watch it until late Monday. What sweetness. So sweet that it made me break down and cry at the goodness in this world. In one day, SGN has 8.6 million views. We are a world hungry for the good news.
In his introduction SGN video, John talked about the heroism of the healthcare community. He spoke about how these hard-working professionals put their lives on the line for complete and total strangers every day not asking for a word of thanks. Even though they did not ask, they received. In the past days, hundreds of acts of kindness aimed toward health care heroes were caught on video. John shared some of these expressions of appreciation on grand and small scales happening globally. In Spain, the police force parked their cars outside the hospital and turned on their lights and sirens while cheering and serenading the staff as they cheered back in delight. In the U.S., an elderly man held up a sign to the hospital window that thanked the doctor and nurses for saving his wife’s life. Another elderly man was shown standing outside a window with his face pressed to the glass singing Amazing Grace to his Alzheimer patient wife who was in her nursing home bed singing along with him.
In the midst of so much that is off kilter, there is always the good. Here locally in Atascosa County, schools, individuals, organizations and non-profits are feeding thousands daily. As part of a project started by nurse practitioner at Methodist Hospital South, Rachel Stolz, thousands of masks are being made locally by individuals and delivered in Atascosa County to help meet the great need for protective face gear in the community. Ginger Hollis has started a #GotBooks Mobile Library delivering hundreds of free books to children in Pleasanton.
Gloria Day heads up the Inter-Agency Council of some 60 area nonprofits who offer myriad assistance services such as paying rent, housing, electrical and health bills, feeding programs and so much more. She and these groups sent out a rallying cry to help meet the increased need for assistance in our community due to COVID-19. The Pleasanton Express will be publishing a onepage resource page next week listing all their local services and resources available for the very young to the elderly. Cowboy Fellowship last week provided a free cup of Sunshine House Coffee for first responders and health care workers. This week, Cowboy Fellowship will take $10 off any meal a grocery store worker who lives locally orders from Café Chris. Dozens of church services are being attended via livestreams with families watching in fields, backyards and in their homes. Parents have turned into teachers at home and are experiencing newfound adventures with their children such as planting gardens and doing science experiments together. One friend of mine posted a photo of her 5-year old holding a puppy while in a green mermaid skirt in front of a computer screen filled with her classmates. She posted, “Is there anything cuter than a bunch of kindergartners on a Zoom meeting?”
These are uncertain times. But, in the midst of it all there is always so much to be grateful about, too. The Pleasanton Express is your hometown news. We bring you the good news and we cover the not so good news, too. Always local. Always your stories. Thank you for being a reader and for your support.
NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher/Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.